Anabasis
Side Project Brewing

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From:
Side Project Brewing
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
Barleywine - American
Ranked #3
ABV:
14%
Score:
100
Ranked #25
Avg:
4.68 | pDev: 5.13%
Ratings:
249
Status:
Active
Rated:
Apr 30, 2022
Added:
Feb 09, 2015
Wants:
  219
Gots:
  21
SCORE
100
World-Class
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Notes: Anabasis [uh-nab-uh-sis] is one of our favorite beers. A beer in which we haven't adjusted anything as far as recipe, water, hopping or fermentation since is was a homebrew. However, we continually experiment with different barrels and resting times, always trying to find harmony in this American/English-inspired Barleywine.

For the 5th blend, Anabasis was put into oak on October 8th of 2018 where it rested in Blanton's and Weller 12yr barrels. After 27 months, we chose a blend which consisted of 38.4% aged in Blanton's and 61.6% aged in the Weller 12yr. Blanton's is a perennial favorite for this recipe and consistently compliments the Anabasis profile. Weller 12yr barrels have always proven successful (D2 and DM also rested in Weller 12yr), but exhibit a softer finish to the already hoppy and assertive Anabasis.

Blend #5: Aged in Blanton's and Weller 12-year Barrels for 27 months, then blended.

Blend #4: Rested for 2 years in Blanton’s and Eagle Rare barrels before blending and deciding it was ready to share with you.

Blend #3: Aged for 24 months in Heaven Hill Barrels.

Blend #2: Aged in a blend of Blanton's and Elijah Craig 12yr Barrels.

Blend #1: Aged in a Blanton's barrel.
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4.9 by Affinity from Missouri on Apr 30, 2022
 
4.75 by Virby44 from Wisconsin on Apr 28, 2022
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4.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Kapaopango from Spain

Exceptional example of barrel aged barley wine. If you let it open it develops very good giving layers and layers of pleasant aromas and taste. Caramel, bourbon, wood... once in a lifetime experience!

Apr 15, 2022
 
4.75 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Mar 29, 2022
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4.81/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Blend#4
Look - brown is so dark it’s almost black. Great rimming and lacing
Smell - so much barrel, woody and caramel. Dark fruit like fig and slight chocolate
Taste - chocolate fig caramel so much barrel, boozy warming
Feel - thick and creamy with a light carb
Overall - fantastic

Mar 27, 2022
 
4.6 by RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts on Mar 12, 2022
 
4.33 by sweemzander from Illinois on Feb 23, 2022
 
4.62 by JesseLara from California on Jan 28, 2022
 
4.78 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 18, 2022
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3.9/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by bret27 from California

Batch 4

Jan 09, 2022
 
4.65 by GregSemenza from Connecticut on Jan 05, 2022
 
4.85 by MrNate from Florida on Dec 31, 2021
 
4.84 by notchucknorris from California on Dec 14, 2021
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4.85/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Hefewiseman from Florida

Drank this right after trying DO ADWTD. This one is clearly an American barleywine after having something much sweeter before it. Although it is still sweet, you can taste a hoppiness in the background. The barrel character is perfect and the body is thick, but not syrupy. World class!

Dec 13, 2021
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5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by GreatStoutman from Texas

B4. Amazing beer from start to finish. Huge body more like a thick stout. Loads of dark fruit, booze tobacco fig and all that good stuff. Long, sticky finish. Can’t ask for much more.

Dec 08, 2021
 
4.5 by jschott75 from Illinois on Nov 25, 2021
 
4.03 by Wayne17 from Texas on Nov 24, 2021
 
4.17 by StoutSnob40 from California on Nov 22, 2021
 
4.41 by kash2112 from Arizona on Nov 18, 2021
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4.34/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by ArrogantB from Colorado

Delicious barleywine that I would swear is English style. Tasty bourbon barrel aspects, not too sweet but also not too thin. This was a really solid barleywine.

Oct 07, 2021
 
4.39 by MarshallBirdhouse from Kentucky on Aug 12, 2021
 
4.77 by MorpheusIPA from Ohio on Jul 30, 2021
 
4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Jul 28, 2021
 
4.46 by Resuin from Massachusetts on Jul 26, 2021
 
4.75 by Rkitchen from Michigan on Jun 19, 2021
 
4.54 by ivegot3Dvision from Oregon on Jun 17, 2021
 
4.67 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Jun 07, 2021
 
4.37 by JAWS from New York on May 11, 2021
 
4.79 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 10, 2021
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4.74/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by dboon from Florida

Bottle. Dark brown pour with a fleeting off white head. Sweet caramel aromas. Big sweet caramel, brown sugar, vanilla, and chocolate highlights. Oak and booze copilots. Fantastic. Complex with a massive body. Truly this is an incredible beer.

Apr 30, 2021
 
4.63 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Apr 25, 2021
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4.76/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by Treyliff from West Virginia

750ml bottle poured into a teku

A- pours deep brown in color with a one finger creamy khaki head that reduces to a ring

S- caramel and toffee, leather, pipe tobacco, chocolate brownie batter, walnuts, brown sugar, rich oak and bourbon

T- rich caramel and toffee up front are followed by earthy notes of pipe tobacco, booze soaked raisins, digs and dates. The finish brings out bold barrel notes, adding more caramel, vanilla, coconut, rich oak and barrel juice. The finish gives more caramel and toffee, along with oak

M- heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a velvety finish

Apr 17, 2021
 
4.56 by mgundy32 from Wisconsin on Apr 05, 2021
 
4.74 by BeerRay from Rhode Island on Mar 08, 2021
 
4.39 by Original_Gravity from Washington on Feb 27, 2021
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4.56/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by jheimbigner from Washington

Late check-in from notes b4

Pours a dark brown chocolate with a tan head.

Nose of dried fruit, barrel, chocolate, toffee/molasses, and leather

Taste follows dark chocolate, leather, dried dark fruit, barrel, mild heat

Feel is full bodied, minimal carb

Overall, best american barelywine I have had - especially fresh. No direct hop notes/bitterness shines through. It is a rich Barleywine best shared with friends

Feb 26, 2021
 
5 by Jamison85 from Indiana on Jan 16, 2021
 
4.5 by DraughtJunkie82 from Missouri on Jan 09, 2021
 
4.75 by buking21 from Massachusetts on Jan 09, 2021
 
4.76 by isellpropane from Ohio on Jan 01, 2021
Anabasis from Side Project Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 249 ratings